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  • Couple gets $1.3M in wind turbine settlement Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 9:43 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21- turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540- acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million.

  • Vermont program could grow to meet heat pump boom Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Money from Vermont's statewide energy efficiency program could be used to install electric heat pumps— and insulation in the houses where they are going— under legislation endorsed Friday by the Vermont Senate.

  • Was 'Cuban Twitter' program political or not? Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:48 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Draft messages produced for a Twitter- like service in Cuba that the U.S. government secretly funded were overtly political, documents obtained by The Associated Press show, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose.

  • Comcast, Time Warner to face lawmakers on merger plan Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 9- Executives from Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc are expected to defend their plan to merge as they go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the first hearing since the $45.2- billion deal was announced in February.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- President Barack Obama this week celebrates the civil rights advances of 50 years ago which laid the groundwork for him to become the first black president, but his own record in making life better for the African-American community that catalyzed his election is mixed.

  • Vermont House bucks Shumlin, speeds wage hike Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont House bucked the wishes of Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday by calling for an increase in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour starting in January, rather than 2017.. A January 2015 start date to $10.10 per hour would make Vermont the first state to break the $10 mark on its minimum wage.

  • 'Cuban Twitter' _overtly political, poking Castros Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Draft messages produced for a Twitter- like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

  • Ford recalls nearly 435,000 vehicles Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads. The Escapes covered by the recall were built from Oct. 22, 1999 through Dec. 19, 2003 at the Kansas City Assembly plant, and from May 1, 2003 through Jan. 23, 2004 at the Ohio Assembly plant, Ford said in a statement issued Monday.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    US finally regains the jobs lost in the recession. WASHINGTON— The U.S. economy has regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession. WASHINGTON— Here's more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year.

  • States rebel against powerful new painkiller Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug last fall and it hit the market last month. Harry Chen both questioned the FDA approval. "So you know, we're just saying' Hey, we understand we don't control the FDA, but we do have some influence in Vermont,'" he said.

  • 'Cuban Twitter' heads to hearings in Congress Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration on Thursday defended its creation of a Twitter- like Cuban communications network to undermine the communist government, declaring the secret program was "invested and debated" by Congress and wasn't a covert operation that required White House approval.

  • US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington and Denver.

  • Fire fight: Lawmakers push EPA to ax stove rules Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural homes. The EPA estimates that as much as 13 percent of all soot pollution in the U.S. is a result of inefficient wood-fired stoves and boilers.

  • US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 2:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington and Denver.

  • *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks dropped on Thursday on rising tension in Ukraine, which helped erase earlier gains spurred by better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market.

  • WASHINGTON, March 7- The price for power plants to emit 1 ton of carbon dioxide in nine northeastern U.S. states cleared at a record $4 per short ton at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative's 23rd permit auction, the market's administrator said Friday.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat; retailers gain for a second day Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 2:52 PM ET

    *Target and Lowe's rally after results. Shares of retailers Target Corp and Lowe's Cos Inc rose, giving the S&P 500 its biggest boosts.

  • Veterans healthcare bill advances in U.S. Senate Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 25- An expansion of healthcare and education programs for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cleared its first procedural hurdle on Tuesday, as Democrats in the U.S. Senate attempted to win passage of the legislation this week.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Data thefts at U.S. retailers have rekindled enthusiasm in Congress for a single federal law on how customers should be notified about such breaches, but those efforts face the same roadblock as in the past: dozens of overlapping state laws already in place.

  • Feb 5- Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc, maker of the popular Keurig single-cup coffee brewer, said on Wednesday that the Coca-Cola Co bought a 10 percent stake in it for $1.25 billion and would help launch Green Mountain's new cold drink machine planned for next year.

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